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Chemical Peels

Skin peeling is one of the oldest cosmetic treatments, performed for centuries to renew the surface of the skin and improve its appearance and tone. Chemical peels speed skin cell turnover, and reveal fresher, new skin that appears smoother and more even. At Ann Arbor Dermatology, we offer salicylic acid, TCA, and glycolic acid chemical peels in Ann Arbor and Plymouth, Michigan, for a variety of skin concerns.

To learn more about renewing your skin, request a consultation at Ann Arbor Dermatology. Or you can call our office at (734) 996-8757 (Ann Arbor) or 734-455-6881 (Plymouth) and one of our knowledgeable staff members will be happy to assist you.

Peel Options Explained

Glycolic Acid

Glycolic acid is an Alphahydroxy Acid (AHA), and this peel is often used to:

  • Smooth rough or dry skin
  • Even out pigment irregularities
  • Improve active acne or acne scars

Your skin may be pink and/or slightly flaky in the days or weeks following your glycolic acid peel. Glycolic acid peels are often performed in a series to produce the best results.

Salicylic Acid

Salicylic acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid which can be used in various concentrations. This oil-soluble peel is particularly effective for acne-prone skin, and can:

  • Penetrate clogged pores and remove impurities
  • Increase cell turnover and smooth skin texture
  • Improve the appearance of scarring or hyperpigmentation

The salicylic acid peel can produce redness, tightness, and flaking for a few days. While the physical discomfort should not keep you from work or social activities, your appearance while healing may limit your activity level. After approximately a week, your improved, smoother skin will be revealed.

Trichloroacetic Acid (TCA)

This type of peel is appropriate for our patients who wish to:

  • Reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles
  • Correct pigmentation irregularities
  • Visibly improve overall skin texture

Following your TCA peel, a superficial crust forms over the treated area, then flakes off in 3 to 7 days. The newly revealed skin may initially look pink or reddish, but the discoloration will fade within a week and the new skin will look fresh and healthy. Complete healing may take up to 2 weeks, at which time you will be advised as to which products for skin care will best help you to maintain your results.

About Your Procedure

The chemical peel procedure is fairly straightforward, and usually takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes. Your skin is cleansed, and the solution is applied and left on for a few minutes. With the peels we offer, no dressing is required afterward, but it is very important that you protect your skin from the sun during and after the healing process.

Your treatment or combination of treatments will be customized to suit your particular skin type and skin concerns. In order to avoid adverse side effects, you should only trust an experienced professional to perform your chemical peel. At Ann Arbor Dermatology, we have decades of experience performing chemical peels, and we will work with you to determine the best approach to rejuvenating your skin. We offer a variety of other cosmetic services like laser hair removal and BOTOX® Cosmetic for women and men from Detroit and other Michigan cities.

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